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Restaurant in San Francisco for late lunch?

We're arriving at San Francisco airport around 1pm this coming Wednesday (3/23), renting a car, and heading for Sonoma via the Golden Gate bridge. Any recommendations on a sea food or Italian restaurant for a late lunch in the city that will not lead to selling the family bulldog to pay for a meal? We want a place that is easy to find. <grin>

 
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  1. My advice is always to get through San Francisco as quickly as possible and then eat. How about Fish in Sausalito?
    http://menuinprogress.com/2009/06/fis...

    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/7621/...

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    1. re: wolfe

      Wolfe makes a good point. Maybe lunch in Sausalito (FISH, Poggio, Hamburgers, whatever). Take your time, the name of the game is avoiding traffic/rush hour on hwy 101 if that's your primary route. Me? I'd simply blast up to Pt. Reyes before stopping and grab a meal and a beer there before pressing on the home leg. I like the burger and fries at the Pine Cone Diner, cash only. Well worth a stop. There's a gas station up the block. Across the street is Cowgirl Creamery. It's all good.

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      Pine Cone Diner
      60 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

      Cowgirl Creamery - Petaluma Facility
      105 H St, Petaluma, CA 94952

      Poggio
      777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

      1. re: steve h.

        Going via Point Reyes would add two hours to the trip to Sonoma. Pine Cone is decent if you're nearby and hungry, but I wouldn't go out of my way, especially on a trip where I'd be anywhere near Fremont Diner.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I'll be back to Pt. Reyes (and Sonoma) in August. Is Fremont Diner a favorite of yours?

          Off topic, Deb and I enjoyed a fine Roman-style pizza at Pizzeria La Montecarlo (Rome) Wednesday night. Not bad.

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          Fremont Diner
          2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

          1. re: steve h.

            Fremont Diner is in a class by itself.

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            Fremont Diner
            2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              But at present only open 9 to 3.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Thanks. I'm looking forward to it.

                I'll be sure to get there before 3 p.m..

                1. re: steve h.

                  4:00 on weekends.

                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                  They have perhaps the best grits I've ever had and as a born and bred Southerner that's VERY high praise.

                  ETA: I see you're in Rome. Pix and reviews please :)

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Hi c,

                    Stories and pictures to come in April. FWIW, we had some back-and-forth Rome stuff on the last "What's for Dinner" thread on the Home Cooking Board. There should be a follow-up after Sunday's meal.

                    Re: Southern cooking. Grits are God's gift to mankind. The Fremont Diner is now on the top of my Pt. Reyes/Sonoma stack.

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                    Fremont Diner
                    2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

        2. If you're not looking for a fancy place, Pacific Catch is a casual place with good fish preparations. They serve all day. There's one in the Marina District, which would be on your way through town, near the approach to the Golden Gate Bridge; or one in Corte Madera [on the other side of the bridge] if you choose to follow Wolfe's sage advice.

          Suggest that you have a look at the menu on their website: www.pacificcatch.com

          1. I agree, get through the city and across the bridge and then have lunch. Poggio, in Sausalito, is right on the main street and is Italian and is very good. There's another Italian restaurant in Sausalito, also on the main street, Bridgeway, but further south toward the City. I think it's called Angelina's or something like that.

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            Poggio
            777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

            1. Zuni's sort of Cal-Italian and open all afternoon. Pizzeria Delfina's open all afternoon, despite the name they have good things besides pizza, particularly at the Fillmore branch, which has a longer menu.

              Poggio in Sausalito is open all afternoon.

              Personally I'd go for Burmese at Little Yangon. Right off the freeway.

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              Zuni Cafe
              1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Poggio
              777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

              Pizzeria Delfina
              2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

              Little Yangon
              6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                The google-maps standard route through SF - the civic center extension to van ness north - puts one on city streets a block from Zuni. Pretty convenient, and a San Francisco icon.

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                Zuni Cafe
                1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102